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Welcome to grade 6 science! Welcome to grade 6 science! Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome Parents!Back to School Night 2011
    Mr. Johnston
    Grade 6 Science
    Saigon South International School
  • Biography
    6th year teacher at SSIS
    10 years of teaching experience
    Lanna International School Thailand (02-06)
    Environmental Education Teacher: Catalina Island Environmental Leadership Program
    Summer Camp Director-Catalina Island Camps (00-01)
  • Presentation Overview
    Communication
    Moodle, Powerschool, Classroom Blogs, School Website: what’s the difference?
    Course Information
    Syllabus
    Grading/Class Policies
    Things to you can do to help your child with school at home
  • Communication: What are all these things?
  • Moodle
    Shows information about assignments, due dates, resources.
    Course outline, scope and sequence
    For STUDENTS primarily
    Moodle
  • Powerschool
    Information about student achievement, grades, missing assignments, due dates
    For PARENTS and STUDENTS
    Powerschool
  • Classroom Blog
    A news source for weekly happenings in the classroom
    Examples of student work
    A means to deprivatize what happens in the classroom.
    Fosters discussion about school at home
    A language translator is available
    For PARENTS primarily
    Classroom Blog
  • SSIS School Website
    SSIS Website
    • Information about events at the school
    • School-wide, not just grade 6, or 7.
    • For PARENTS. Students get important information on Moodle, from teachers.
  • Pause for Reflection:Where would you go to find:
    Information about what is specifically happening in Mr. J’s classroom?
    Special events at the school?
    Resources and assignment due dates?
    Your child’s grades at any moment?
    Classroom Blog
    SSIS Website
    Moodle
    Powerschool
  • Course Information
    Syllabus
    Study Guides/Netbook Initiatives
    Grading/Class Policies
    Things to you can do to help your child with school at home
  • Course Scope and Sequence
    See Below
  • Study Guides/Netbook Initiatives
    DeSigned To:
    Help students/teacher focus on specific learning goals.
    Make our school’s curriculum more “transparent”
    Shows relevance with assignments
    Help students, parents, teacher monitor progress.
    See 2 examples below
  • Grading/Class Policies
    Online Assignments “Pearson Online Learning” (Students write and submit answers online.
    20%Knowledge and Understanding (Tests, Experimental Design and Summative Labs)
    30%Scientific Inquiry (Labs, Projects
    50%Communication (Assignments, Presentations, Homework, Written Responses)
  • How can I help my child at with their learning?
    Homework
    Grading Policy
    Parent/Teacher Support Network
  • Assignments /Homework
    Provide a designated time and place
    Minimize distractions by doing it at the dining room table verses near an open computer
    Check in with them from time to time to ensure understanding
    Break into increments
    Teach them to work towards independence
    “Homework Battles”
  • Grading Policy
    My philosophy: “Humans learn more from their mistakes than failures.”
    Don’t ridicule, or penalize them for doing poorly in school
    A “B” may have been a powerful learning experience
    Recognize them for their successes. (Improvements, even if they’re small)
    Extra Tutors: Do they help support what is being taught in school here at SSIS?
    Does more work/tutoring in response to a low grade lead to acheivement or burnout?
    Everyone learns differently!
  • Parent/Teacher Support
    Call or write anytime!
    If you want to make an appointment, I will try my hardest to make myself available within a few days.
    Translators available
    We both have the same goals: Your child’s success in school.
  • Questions?
    Thanks for coming!